Prison Bars Inmate from Reading The Atlantic

It’s official. We’ve finally heard everything.

A female prisoner in Chowchilla, Calif. serving time for a second degree murder has been forbidden from reading the December 11 issue of The Atlantic. Jeffrey Goldberg posted the news on the publication’s blog Monday.

The reason for disallowing the prisoner from reading the magazine? The cover (at right) has a picture of a member of the Taliban with a rifle.

The Atlantic‘s Goldberg appealed the prison’s decision by writing to the warden. He wrote, “I am writing on behalf of The Atlantic to appeal this decision. The Atlantic is a national magazine of ideas, news and opinion. It was founded over 150 years ago. The goal of our magazine is to provide its readers with responsible, deeply researched journalism about the pressing issues of the day. Writers published in The Atlantic include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Fallows.”

We sure hope Richard Ramirez (a.k.a “Night Stalker”), Scott Peterson, Casey Anthony and Charles Manson are reading The Atlantic.